Aggressive Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys
What Is A Misdemeanor
People often think of misdemeanors as criminal offenses that are not that serious and don’t need to be defended against as vigorously as felony offenses. Although it is true that misdemeanors are a less severe classification of criminal offenses, the punishment for a misdemeanor conviction can still involve significant incarceration and fines. Additionally, the resulting criminal record will have a serious negative impact on your short-term and long-term future, regardless of whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, you should not treat it lightly.
Any criminal charge should be taken seriously, including misdemeanors. If you’ve been charged with a crime in the Boston area, you need legal assistance right away from an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the criminal justice system in the area well. Waiting to get representation may result in less favorable results later.
Classifications Of A Misdemeanor
The state legislature has adopted a scheme for classifying depending on the severity of the offense. Each degree has increasingly harsh penalties.
The punishment for a misdemeanor conviction depends on the degree of the misdemeanor charge involved. Under the Florida Code misdemeanor penalties include:
- Third-degree misdemeanors may result in up to one-year incarceration and up to $2,000 in fines. These crimes would include shoplifting (retail theft), serious forms of disorderly conduct involving the intent to cause substantial harm or serious inconvenience, selling alcohol to underage individuals, and open lewdness.
- Second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years of incarceration and up to $5,000 in fines. These misdemeanors include certain crimes of fraud involving public service, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and property arson.
- First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to five years of incarceration and up to $10,000 in fines. Florida includes the crimes of stalking, endangering a child, or repeated prostitution (fourth or subsequent offense) within the umbrella of first-degree misdemeanors.
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